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Despite Advances, the Trans Struggle for Justice Behind Bars is Just Beginning


Despite Advances, the Trans Struggle for Justice Behind Bars is Just Beginning

Victoria Law

For the past three years, Ashley Diamond has been denied health care as well as protection from recurring violence from the men around her. But she has been fighting back — and her fight has been making headlines and wresting small changes from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Her story starkly illustrates the challenges facing trans women behind bars — from frequent violence and sexual assaults to the denial of hormones and other medical neglect.


I wonder if a fund could be set up that paid for the transport of all trans-gender persons into ONE facility which holds this demographic, in particular. This idea that “she brought it on herself” is so typical of today’s macho rape culture. It’s never the animal doing the violence that’s held to account. Nope. The responsibility for the act is projected onto the woman or would-be female. I call this the “Blame Eve Again, Syndrome.” It’s rampant and preferred by gun-toting, right wing lunatics everywhere. Many of them find their niche inside prisons where they can bully (and even rape and kill) others behind a cloak of impunity.


Left totally unspoken is why these trans people were incarcerated in the first place. They committed some sort of crime (and, no, it was not being a transgender person), found guilty, and sent to be locked up. A criminal’s punishment should not include being assaulted, ridiculed, or even murdered while in prison.
Prison is a nasty place even for those who are not gender ambiguous people and if nothing else this ought to be enough incentive for trans people to be among the most carefully law abiding persons in the world. It is obviously not so for those chronicled in this article.